WASHINGTON (AP) — Major league loss leader Patrick Corbin ended Washington’s record 43-game drought without a starting pitcher earning a win as the Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3- 2 Sunday.
Corbin (5-17) allowed one hit and four hits in six innings while striking out five. A Washington starting pitcher hadn’t won since Josiah Gray won in Philadelphia on July 6, breaking the previous big league record of 35 games set by the Washington Senators in 1949.
Stuart Fairchild homered for Cincinnati, which has lost 13 of its last 17 but was trying to sweep on the weekend.
Corbin has lowered his ERA from 7.02 to 6.56 in three starts since the Nationals skipped his turn in the rotation earlier this month. The southpaw had dropped seven straight decisions since losing at Pittsburgh on June 28.
Corbin started the majors with four more losses than any other pitcher.
Hunter Harvey worked around a first single in the Reds’ seventh, Carl Edwards Jr. caused three straight flyouts in the eighth and Kyle Finnegan handled the ninth for his eighth save in 12 chances.
Ildemaro Vargas opened the fifth with a one-liner against Nick Lodolo (3-5) on the left for his third home run in nine games, breaking a 2-all tie. Lodolo gave up three runs and struck out five over seven innings to tie the longest outing of the rookie’s career.
The Reds took an early lead on Kyle Farmer’s RBI goal in the first and the Fairchild solo homer in the second. Washington tied the game in the fourth with Nelson Cruz’s full-goal walk and Riley Adams’ RBI single.
Cincinnati second baseman Jonathan India hit two singles to extend his career-high streak to 11 games.
MENESES KEEPS HITTING
OF Joey Meneses singled in the fifth and has 28 hits in 22 games since debuting after Washington traded Josh Bell and Juan Soto earlier this month. The 30-year-old has the most hits for a Nationals rookie in 22 games, beating the 27 Anthony Rendon had in 2013.
Reds: OF Nick Senzel (left hamstring strain) was out of the lineup for the third straight day. Manager David Bell said the team would likely have to make a decision on Senzel’s placement on the injured list by Monday. … RHP Hunter Greene (shoulder) will begin a rehabilitation assignment on Thursday. Bell said the team hopes Greene can return to the rotation on Sept. 11 or 12.
Nationals: Gray is expected to return to the rotation in Washington’s series at the New York Mets next weekend. Gray hasn’t pitched since Aug. 20 and has worked 123 1/3 innings this season and has never pitched more than 130 innings in a year since turning pro. “I think he understands where he is,” manager Dave Martinez said. “Basically, we’re trying to keep these guys healthy for the future and develop them.”
Reds: RHP Chase Anderson makes his Cincinnati debut Monday at home in Game 1 of a three-game series against St. Louis. Anderson hasn’t pitched in the majors since Aug. 4, 2021, when he was with Philadelphia.
Nationals: Washington sits out Monday before continuing its home game Tuesday against Oakland. RHP Erick Fedde (5-8, 4.88 ERA) will face Athletics for the first time in his career.
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin pitches in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Ildemaro Vargas (14) of the Washington Nationals celebrates his dugout home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Kyle Farmer throws to first to knock out Washington Nationals’ Cesar Hernandez (1) in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)